A lowboy is an American collectors term for one type of dressing table, vanity, or duchess (Australian English). It is a small table with one or two rows of drawers, so called in contradistinction to the tallboy or highboy chest of drawers.
History and description
Lowboy and tallboy were favorite pieces of the 18th century, both in England and in the United States; the lowboy was most frequently used as a dressing-table, but sometimes as a side-table. It is usually made of oak, walnut or mahogany, with the drawer-fronts mounted with brass pulls and escutcheons. The more elegant examples in the Queen Anne, early Georgian, and Chippendale styles often have cabriole legs, carved knees, and slipper or claw-and-ball feet. The fronts of some examples also are sculpted with the scallop-shell motif beneath the center drawer.
Another term for a dressing table equipped with mirrors is vanity and is used to apply makeup and other fashion accessories.
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- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lowboy". Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 72.
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